The difference between speaking up and lashing out, and the cost of both.

Production Details

Running Time:
Grade 8 +
50 min + 10 min Q & A
Fall 2019
Curriculum Connections:
Healthy Relationships | Leadership Social Responsibility | Self Esteem | Personal Politics Violence Against Women


Moira takes pride in standing up for what she believes in. But after spearheading a protest at school that results in the spring dance being cancelled, she receives cruel messages online and at school. Luckily her best friends Simon and Connor have her back – until Simon reveals his romantic feelings towards Moira, which she doesn’t return. Feeling “friend-zoned”, Simon joins the barrage of hurtful comments, and Connor is forced to take a hard look at where his loyalties lie. With humour and nuance, THE CODE challenges teens to hold themselves accountable for their words and actions, and consider what’s at stake when lines are crossed.

*The Playwright acknowledges the assistance of the 2017 Banff Playwrights Lab – a partnership between the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Canada Council for the Arts.  

RESOURCES:  Dealing with harassment and cyberbullying


Recent Comments
Lindsay McDonald
November 27, 2018

Just saw this show in Toronto at Young People's Theatre. SO GOOD. The dialogue is current and artful (just the right amount of slang so it doesn't sound like it's trying too hard), the storyline covers multiple issues facing young people today, that are universal experiences for us olds, too. Engaging cast, emotional delivery, great talk afterwards with the students. One of the best shows I've attended in years. Great job Green Thumb!

Sandra Chamberlain Snider
March 22, 2018

I saw The Code in the evening of March 13. It was a terrific piece that certainly plays for all ages. The effects of social media as a place to lash out and hurt and the effects of choosing to do something on impulse when in pain are relevant to anyone of any age. I think it should be required that we all "go have a Blizzard" before making any life altering decision!

Liron Amdour
March 14, 2018

In my opinion, The Code really excelled in it's story line, acting, and props. The only thing I didn't like is how the story seemed to end very abruptly without resolving the main conflict. We do not find out about what happened to the main characters at the climax of the story and how they solved the problem which would have been interesting to see.

Philip Chu
March 10, 2018

I loved The Code it was an awesome play!!!

Brandon N
March 8, 2018

I really enjoyed this play, very awesome. All of green thumb theater plays are a 10!

Caicia Wong
March 7, 2018

Just a quick question, have you guys ever thought about doing a sequel? BTW great job today!!

March 6, 2018

This play really showed what impact social media and the internet has on our society

Yi-An S
March 3, 2018

Another amazing play by Green Thumb Theatre. The Code show's the reality of what young people face now a days with social media and relationships. social media has a tremendous impact in young peoples in positive and negative ways. The play addresses the possible consequences in a powerful and realistic manner. Thank you for another amazing experience.

Ross Paul
March 2, 2018

I saw The Code at Killarney Secondary today while bringing greetings from key sponsor, the Telus Vancouver Community Board. It was a pleasure to see such a thoughtful, entertaining and well written play superbly presented by Green Thumb. I hope as many high school students as possible get to see this during its spring tour. It is provocative and should lead to great discussions wherever it goes. Congratulations, Green Thumb!

May 6, 2016

This show was great I thoroughly enjoyed it, good job!

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